5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A thought-provoking read,
This review is from: Combatting Cult Mind Control: The Number 1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue and Recovery from Destructive Cults (Paperback)
I was amazed to read about how subtle mind control is, the forms it can take and the fact that you can be a victim of it without even knowing. It was startling to find out that even benign organisations, seemingly harmless religions - like the Jehovah's Witnesses - employ mind control. (They are mentioned only in the appendix but being familiar with their literature and the way they operate I could see from applying the information in Steve Hassan's book that they do, shockingly, fit into the description of a mind control cult.)
The chapters that discuss the four components of mind control were particularly informative. These components are: Behavior Control, Thought Control, Emotional Control and Information Control.
There is also information on what to do and what NOT to do should you suspect that a loved one has fallen victim to a cult. There is advice on how you can help the individual and what you should avoid doing lest you drive him/her further into the clutches of the cult. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND READING THIS BOOK BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO TALK TO A LOVED ONE WHO YOU FEEL MAY BE INVOLVED WITH A CULT. It gives just the right information as even one wrong word or action can cause the person you're trying to help to become more deeply involved with the cult.
I would recommend this book to everyone as the information it contains is beneficial whether you're questioning the validity of a group/individual/organisation or just interested in this subject. Cults often 'catch' intelligent, kind, friendly, socially responsible people. How they manage to do this is facinating and frightening.
Also, if you know how mind control cults operate, you stand a better chance of seeing them for what they are and not getting 'caught' in the first place!